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Now that ace pitcher Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe-Sweeting is back on the mound, the YII Shipping Wildcats are sharpening their claws wanting to scrape their way into one of the four playoff spots in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA).
After two years of watching from the stands, Edgecombe-Sweeting returned on Thursday night. She was on her way to a shut-out victory until Ronda Cooper hit an inside the park grand slam that drove in three runs. The Wildcats would hold off the third inning charge by the Lady Hitmen and won to a tune of 17-5. The win rounded off a perfect night for the softball club, whose men, the YII Shipping Bulldogs defeated Mighty Mitts 10-3. Ken Wood was tagged with the win in that game and Thela Johnson got the loss on the women's side.
"It is feels extremely good. I was just excited to get back there and not to concern about the win," said Edgecombe-Sweeting. "Just to be out there playing was tremendous. My teammates really, really supported me last night (Thursday). It was a lot of unity and togetherness. They were all excited that I was back. The fans showed their love and cheered me. I know that the crowd really missed my presence because everyone was talking about it.
"It was hard watching the team play and the games. I wanted to heal properly. As always your health comes first so it was hard just sitting there at times watching the games, wanting to go out there. Waiting paid off because I didn't want to go out there and not be able to play to my full potential."
Edgecombe-Sweeting was sidelined after a tearing the ligaments in her knee. She underwent two surgeries, one on her foot and the other on her knee. Even though she is able to walk around and play today, she said she's still feeling a little pain especially when she wears hard shoes.
Edgecombe-Sweeting is willing to work through the pain that she is feeling. Not only has she returned to play in the NPSA, but she is trying her hand at the national team as well.
She said: "I've been attending a few national team practices and they have welcomed me back so I will be traveling with the team this November. Basing it on last night's performance I will say that I am not 100 percent and not where I want to be exactly. But I am sure that if I continue to play and work hard I can get back to where I was.
"As far as the Wildcats, we never, ever worry about pennant. Once we hit the playoffs we usually turn it up. We just want to get into the playoffs. We know once we get into the playoffs, the Wildcats will overcome our hard times. We always rise to the occasion and with me back I am sure whoever we play in the playoffs, they too know that we are a force to be reckoned with."
The Wildcats are currently sitting in fourth. The team will return to the field next week against the Proper Care Pool Sharks, the third place team.
It seems as though Bahamian professional football player Devard Darling can't 'catch a break' in the National Football League (NFL). Just when he thought his career was taking off again on the gridiron a knee injury put the wide receiver on the sidelines.
Determined to play this year, Darling settled with the Houston Texans who had picked him up earlier this summer, instead of being placed on the injured reserve list, which would have ended his season. Now, he is a free agent again. Darling tore the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the third pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers. He underwent surgery on August 30.
"About two and half, three weeks ago, I got cleared from all the doctors, so I am all cleared, fully healthy and ready to go again," said Darling. "I have my agent working for me, but we still don't know anything yet. We are waiting week to week to see who has a need for a receiver, so that is the biggest thing right now. Unfortunately, in this business, a man's loss is another man's gain, so if someone gets hurt during the season that is where they will bring in another receiver. Right now, I am just waiting. You never know, this is just the way the game goes. Once I get that call I am ready to go, so we will see. It is all in the Lord's hands right now."
Darling said he is not 'antsy', despite the fact that the NFL is heading into Week Six of the 2011/2012 regular season. He is confident that the wait is not in vain, and that the important phone call is going to come. Right now playing on any of the 32 registered teams in the league will suffice, but if he is given a choice, the lean is more to the Texans.
He added: "Of course I am really leaning with the Houston Texans because I was with them in training camp. I know their plays, and also I am already in Houston. I can't sign back with the team until Week 10 because that is the NFL rules. They put me on IR (Injury Reserve) and I got a settlement from that, and I was released of injury reserve. I can't sign back with them until six weeks after I am fully recovered from my injury, so that is what it is right now. I can sign on with anyone right now because I am healthy and I am a free agent."
Darling signed on with the Texans in August of this year. He made his return to the NFL after playing in the United Football League (UFL) with the Omaha Nighthawks. The wide receiver was drafted into the NFL in 2004, the 87th pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the third round. He spent three years with the team, catching 20 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
Darling then moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 where he played in their camp for one year until he joined the Nighthawks in 2010. This is second sport-related injury since his official debut on the professional ranks. The first occurred while in the Chiefs' camp.
He doesn't believe that his career is over, and brushed his mishaps off as "a part of the game."
"This is a profession that I was blessed with and chose to do," he said. "This is just the business side of it, so you just have to go out there and work hard everyday, continue to hone your skills as much as possible on the field. All I can do right now is sit back and wait on that call. All I am doing is praying and waiting on the Lord to move on my behalf.
"I am training. I am training everyday. I just got done with a good workout so now I am icing. I have been training here in this facility called the Flex in Houston. A bunch of other football players are here and NFL veterans working out. They are basically in the same situation that I am in, a free agent, so it is good to workout and be around other guys, running routes, catching balls and getting ready."
Darling thanked all for supporting him during this rough time. Special thanks were sent to those who sent words of encouragement, especially from Bahamians wanting to see him back on the field.
No one ever thinks they will develop cancer. Cassandra Lewis-Moore was one of those people. The 34-year-old thought there was a possibility she would get diabetes as it'runs'in her family, but she never thought cancer would happen to her. But during the eighth month of pregnancy with her first child in October 2010, she felt a huge lump in one of her breasts. She knew something was wrong. She sought medical attention.
"It was very large, and it shouldn't have been there,"recalled Lewis-Moore."I'd never felt anything like that before. It didn't hurt, but it was very hard and very big. But because the breasts were so large you couldn't see it."
Because she was pregnant, her doctor ordered an ultrasound of the breast and concluded it was breast milk that would go away once she started breastfeeding. Lewis-Moore, a newlywed and her husband, Kevin welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Andreus, who they call"KJ"into the family. In the months after her son's birth, she noticed her breast size decreasing, but the lump getting bigger and protruding through the skin and not disappearing like the doctor had told her it would. It had started to hurt. It was a pain she chalked up to tenderness from breastfeeding. That was until the day she was playing with a then crawling"KJ"and like all babies do, he kneed her in the breast. The pain was excruciating. She remembers actually pushing her baby away from her so suddenly that she scared him. She thought about what the doctors had told her, and massaged her breast and put hot towels on it to help dissolve the milk. But it was the day that she took a"me day"in January 2011, and headed to the spa for a massage. As the therapist worked on her back, she said it was so painful she could not complete the therapy. That pain sent her back to her doctor.
Her doctor requested a mammogram. The result showed hardened milk. Her doctor requested a lumpectomy to remove the hardened mass, which was done in March 2011. The mass was tested and the result returned as Stage 2 breast cancer. The cancer cells were actually inside the hardened breast milk.
FRIGHT TAKES HOLD
Lewis-Moore was scared--not because it had taken so long to determine she had breast cancer--she was mad because she wondered what would happen to her family after she'd waited so long to get married and have a child, and then to be diagnosed with cancer while still a newlywed and a new mother.
"In my 20s, it was all about education and my career--so in my 30s, it was about getting married. And I'm the only girl and the last child in my family, so it was a big thing[for me to get married and have a child], and to be told this[that I had cancer]. I thought, what was going to happen to my family?"
Lewis-Moore began her battle with the deadly cancer cells. She celebrated her baby's first birthday one week before she began chemotherapy treatment. And she did her best to keep her energy up over the months of treatment for her child, who was too young to understand that his mom was sick.
"He just knows one day mommy had hair that he used to pull,"says Lewis-Moore who boldly sports a bald head no hair caps for her."The tough part was when we were playing one day and I had already started chemo, and he pulled on my hair, and a whole clump came out in his hand and fell on his face. He just dropped it and ran. He was scared. But other than that, mommy is still mommy. Sometimes, she can still play; sometimes, she can't because she's very tired."
She's finished with chemo, but will have to take additional treatment because she was diagnosed as HER2-positive. This is a diagnosis for people who have a protein called human epidermal growth factor that promotes the growth of cancer cells. HER2-positivebreast cancers tend to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer. They're also less responsive to hormone treatment. However, treatments that specifically target HER2 are very effective.
"I'm going to have to do additional treatments, but they're not as severe as the chemo, and they want me to do radiation, and we're still setting that up."
The road to survivor isn't quite finished yet, but Lewis-Moore begs to differ. "I had a lump--the cancer was there, and they took the lump out, and the cancer hadn't spread."
Even though chemo was a downside, Lewis-Moore has come out on the other side with a friend--a 31-year-old who had to have an immediate double mastectomy because her cancer was spreading like wildfire.
"Chemo was rough; I will not lie,"she says."It is not rough for everyone, but for those who have the illnesses after the chemo, make sure you have a strong support system at home and at work."
BRINGING SEXY BACK
She is now on a slow road to bringing sexy back. She's walking at least 20 minutes a day as recommended by her doctor, and looking forward to the fabulous new breasts she will soon be getting. She had a partial mastectomy on one breast, but to put safety measures in place for her future, she wants to have a double mastectomy then get those"fabulous new breasts"with which will come a tummy tuck. The surgery she will have done, a TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction, which is the gold standard in breast construction, removes some of her stomach skin and fat, to reconstruct her breasts and fill them in.
As she battled the disease, she admits that she was not always as confident as she is today and says at one point, she really stopped trying and didn't bother with anything. But after a month or two, she said to hell with it--that she was going to live her life and have fun. She was going to dress up and go out and rock her bald head.
When she first started to lose her hair, which was natural, her cousin took her to his barber and she got a low haircut. The hair continued to come out, so she told her husband to shave off the rest. Right after she did that, Lewis-Moore, who works for BAF Financial and Insurance Bahamas Ltd., the coordinators behind Denim Day in the country for 14 years in raising monies for a cure, says she had to attend a company awards ceremony to which she wore a head-wrap. For a week she wore different head-wraps until she was hit by a hot flash at work. All she wanted to do was get naked, but she couldn't at work. The best thing for her to do was remove the head-wrap. That was the last day she wore one.
Removing the head-wrap liberated her and gave her confidence.
"I had another coworker who had breast cancer and her advice to me was to just wear makeup, but I couldn't wear that because I sweat too much, so I would just draw on my eyebrows if I remembered in the mornings. One morning, I woke up, was washing my face, looked in the mirror and said,"By damn, I don't have any eyebrows, eyelashes, nothing. So some days, I had eyebrowsâEUR¦some days, I didn't and I put on my lip-gloss, put on my earrings and was out the door."
The cancer survivor is excited for her future. And she says cancer does not have to be a death sentence. She says women need to take their health seriously and check things out because they know their bodies, and know when something is wrong. She encourages them to get bumps or moles that they hadn't seen before checked out.
For anyone who has been newly diagnosed with breast cancer or will be diagnosed in the future, Lewis-Moore says she has learned that you need to have a strong support system at home and at work, both of which she had.
Through her battle, Lewis-Moore was thankful for the support she received from her husband, and also thankful that he had a group of friends with wives, sisters or mothers that had breast cancer that he could talk to.
"It was tough, because being a newlywed and fairly young, and I didn't have urges. It just wasn't there. I was miserable in the sense that I did not want to be bothered and I did not want to be here."
But she says her husband's support, as well as that of her family--her mother traveled from Grand Bahama to stay with them for six months--and her aunts and cousins helped by keeping the baby some days and make certain she was okay, especially after days when she endured eight-hour chemotherapy sessions, helped her through the rough times. And her co-workers that knew what she was going through were helpful and very understanding.
"I never thought cancer would happen to me. I thought maybe I would get diabetes because that runs in my family, but never anything like this,"she says.
The bottom line to maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight is to not exceed 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, and the addition of exercise, according to obesity surgeon, Dr. Charles Diggiss.
The laparoscopic and obesity surgeon, who is the chief medical officer at Doctors Hospital, recently visited Albury Sayle Primary School to speak to the staff about the importance of food in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. During his talk he encouraged them to ensure that they get a better understanding of food choices. He told them that weight maintenance also included them understanding nutrition, reading food facts, moving toward consuming more plant-based foods, checking portion sizes and the frequency of their meals and consuming healthier snack options.
"Healthy food choices improve your overall quality of life," said the doctor who attended the school when it as known as Nassau Street Junior School. "Being overweight or obese compromises your ability to be your very best. Healthy food choices improve your overall quality of life."
The obesity surgeon told the group that there are people who only need to lose between 25 and 50 pounds to get to be at their ideal weight, but that for about one-third of the adult population, that he says needs to lose 100 pounds or more, weight loss surgery is an important intervention to them actually getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.
He also said that as people age, many often gain weight and have health challenges. Sharing his personal weight loss journey that began with his tipping the scale at 223-pounds two years ago, he told them that through exercise and making better food choices the weight needle on his scale dipped to the point that he is steady at 196 pounds.
In an effort to show the staff at the school how easy it is to gain weight, the CEO and founder of The MedNet Group of Companies told them that after a weekend Family Island getaway he had gained three pounds.
As he encouraged them to look at their food choices, portion sizes, preparations and frequency of meals, he urged them to consider what their "food demons" were, and what it is that they eat or drink that adds weight.
He also urged them to read nutritional information on food packaging before eating. He showed them that one chocolate bar could be in excess of calories burned during a one-hour power walk.
"By the time a person consumes one chocolate bar and a sugary drink, that person has eaten in excess of 560 calories of what is usually called a snack and haven't even had their meal yet."
Dr. Diggiss said for most people sugar is their downfall and suggested to the staff that they try sugar-free substitutes that add taste, but reduces caloric intake.
"If it takes three heaping spoons of sugar to sweeten a pitcher of [lemonade], and there are about 10 tablespoons in each large spoonful, that amounts to 90 teaspoons of sugar for the entire pitcher. And if each teaspoon is 15 calories, times that by 90, that equals 1,350 calories in a pitcher of [lemonade]."
When it comes to understanding calories from sugar, he said that people need to understand the glycemic index and the glycemic load. Using bread as an example, the doctor said white bread and brown bread have about the same caloric load at about 60, but that the glycemic index of white bread makes it less healthy -- and that the brown bread has a better glycemic index because it has more nutrients than white bread.
Opening a package and consuming the entire thing he said should never be done, and that they should make themselves aware of portion and serving sizes by reading the nutritional label.
"Food should be eaten as one portion per serving in a salad plate, and the dinner plate left for decoration to assist with portion control," he said. "Some drinks actually contain two servings but are usually consumed in one sitting, by one person. One Pop tart is 300 calories, so if you eat both in the package, you have just eaten 600 calories."
Dr. Diggiss said food preparation is also key. He acknowledged that although fast food chains had changed the fat they fry their food in, he told them that the final product is still high in calories, has a high glycemic index and is high in saturated fats.
"If you are going to have fast food occasionally you need to realize that we live in a supersized nation of overweight people and the last thing we need is to supersize. If you want to supersize something, try supersizing your water," he suggested. He also recommended that the staff eat the healthy salad choices offered at fast food chains with restraint on the salad dressings.
"Remember, the rule is that if you can't see through it, it's not good for you," he said, urging the educators to measure their dressing servings. "Remember, each tablespoon is usually 15 to 30 calories," he said.
Dr. Diggiss also spoke to the Albury Sayle staff about the frequency of eating meals and how it tied into portions that would usually require measuring.
"You can eat five meals a day and stay under 1,500 calories, however, if you eat a plate of pancakes and syrup, you've just consumed an easy 1,000 calories. Instead of cutting it out completely, try one pancake with one teaspoon of syrup." Another thing we don't measure is cream, he told them. "Just liberally pouring cream or creamer into a cup of coffee or tea until you get the right color, is easily over three tablespoons or 100 calories. Add sugar and you've added insult to injury at an additional 15 calories per teaspoon."
One of the best ways he told them to try to get a handle on their weight is to track their caloric intake for a week. Dr. Diggiss said they would astound themselves with the amount of calories they are actually putting into their bodies. Tracking what they eat would also assist them with realizing what they consume, he said.
Another major factor in maintaining weight, according to the doctor, are the decisions made around 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily when the hunger pangs hit and people begin to snack.
"The right snack decisions can work for you, but you have got to bring the snack with you in a plastic container. If you have got to tear open the pack, then it's a processed high sugar, high-salted snack. Leave it alone. Whatever you snack on at these key times should be a fruit and able to go under the faucet," he said.
A man was shot once in the face and twice in the chest yesterday morning during a drive-by shooting off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, within 100 feet of a pre-school where children were playing outside.
According to Superintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit, the victim was standing in front of his home on Nicholls Court, in Yellow Elder Gardens, when the occupants of a white Nissan vehicle drove alongside the house and opened fire.
Family members reportedly rushed the victim to hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition was unknown up to press time.
As the victim was rushed to hospital, police were in search of three men, one of whom got onto a jitney in an attempt to evade police.
Police officers managed to arrest the suspect after intercepting the jitney on East Street, according to Rolle, who could not say whether other passengers were on the bus.
The search continued for the two remaining suspects.
When The Nassau Guardian arrived on scene, police were searching the area for evidence and had already found more than five bullet casings.
Founder of Families Of All Murder Victims (FOAM) Khandi Gibson, who was on scene, said, "It is sad because you know, today is Valentine's Day when lovers would have shared a gift, a basket or a rose to demonstrate that they love one another.
"And instead we actually have people out here trying to kill one another.
"It is sad, but the only thing I can say is, I appeal for the government [to] adjust the laws on the books.
"Criminals have to feel that once convicted, [they will] feel the full brunt of the law."
Just a few dozen feet away from the scene, across the busy highway, children were participating in Valentine's Day festivities.
The school is next to the Bahamas Union of Teachers' headquarters.
Asked whether there is concern about the number of violent crimes taking place near schools and places of worship, Rolle said, "Yes, it is very callous of them when you do things like that, and it is always a concern for us."
On Tuesday, former College of The Bahamas lecturer Judith Blair, 67, and her son, Marvin Blair, 34, were shot at their Blue Hill Estates home, off Tonique Williams Darling Highway, when two men entered through the back door, police said.
The Blair home sits between two churches; Trinity Assembly City of Praise and Chapel on The Hill.
A school is also near the home.
As it forges ahead with its efforts to provide meaningful input into the government's fiscal reform plans, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation's Coalition for Responsible Taxation is projecting a need to raise "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to fund the contracting of consultants and its own public education drive.
Coalition Co-Chairman Robert Myers told Guardian Business that the group cannot afford to be "hypocrites" in its approach to the government and is therefore looking to ensure that it has carried out all necessary economic and financial modelling when it presents its own alternatives to value-added tax (VAT) to the government for consideration.
"We are right now in a fundraising period, we are starting to take in funds for public relations and to bring on consultants, specifically for the tax reform effort," said Myers, who added that the public education drive is the priority until the government commits to releasing certain data the coalition would need in order for an economist to carry out certain analyses on its behalf.
"The immediate need is to educate the consumer that this is a consumer tax and if they fail we fail. We need to do our own public education campaign because (the government) is not stopping with theirs; we would prefer they just stop and get into consultation, but if they are not going to do that we need to lay out our side of what's going on and educate the consumer and businessmen on the merits of VAT and the pitfalls."
The group has long been calling for the Ministry of Finance to release, in addition to the VAT legislation and regulations, the tariff schedule which will reveal to what extent import duties will be lowered under VAT, and evidence of financial modelling which supports the case for VAT implementation as the solution to the government's fiscal challenges.
Without such evidence, Myers suggests that it is impossible to know if VAT is "the right tax" for The Bahamas at this time.
Myers and the coalition, which he co-chairs along with Gowon Bowe, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, had expected to meet with a team from the Ministry of Finance on Monday over the government's VAT plans.
However, this meeting has been postponed until next week, Myers noted, adding that the coalition was "not happy" with this outcome.
Yesterday Myers said that at the forthcoming meeting between the two sides he anticipates that the coalition will present a number of "alternative" forms of revenue measures that could preclude the need for VAT, which is generating significant resistance in the business community.
"We've got all kinds of ideas. We want to have a discussion to talk about the pros and cons of each one. They are ones the business community thinks will be far less impactful on the consumer, because if the consumer fails we fail.
"We can't be hypocrites. We have to do dynamic modelling ourselves to make sure what we are suggesting works, but we need the cooperation of the government to do that; we won't have a lot of the input data otherwise."
In addition, the coalition intends to use the meeting as an opportunity to go over the 12 points it highlighted in its letter to the prime minister in October as it relates to VAT. The letter includes concerns regarding its anticipated inflationary impact, the proposed timeline for implementation, the frequency of filing requirements, a lack of VAT conversant accountants and the handling of pre-VAT purchased inventory.
In the meantime, the coalition continues to call on the government to release its own financial modelling. While it has been told this will happen, no deadline has been given, said Myers yesterday.
"We need the modelling, we need all four points - the legislation, the regulations, the tariff schedule and the modelling. Without that it's like the surgeon about to cut you with a knife. He's got the information on your heart rate and blood pressure, and so he decides he's going to cut your leg open. But what about the other information, and did you need surgery to begin with?"
"The big question is if they have it, why have they not (released it) sooner? That's what's disturbing, our concern is whether it exists and at what level of quality."
On Monday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged the government to use all of its "efforts and resources" to ensure a "timely implementation" of VAT.
The comments came in a statement issued following conversations with public and private sector stakeholders as part of the IMF's Article IV consultations, for which a mission from the multilateral financial institution was in The Bahamas for almost two weeks starting in the beginning of November.
Warts are unattractive growths that can appear anywhere on the body; they are not respecters of race, color or creed, and can be painful at times if bothered. There are sayings that if you look at a frog too long or if you kissed a frog a wart would appear; obviously there is no truth to these sayings and, contrary to other beliefs, warts are found growing in the top layer of the skin so there is no root that needs to be removed once the wart is taken off.
A wart usually is a small, skin-colored (white, pink or tan), rough to the touch growth, mostly found on the hands or feet, but can develop on other parts of the body. It can resemble a cauliflower or a solid blister in its shape and structure. It sometimes can grow with a dome or flat shape or as a cylindrical column that may be found on the thinner areas of skin such as the face. On thicker skin, the columns fuse, packing tightly together giving the surface a typical mosaic pattern (a pattern consisting of numerous small pieces fitted together), or have multiple black dots that can be seen as blood vessels that have grown rapidly and irregularly into a wart and have thrombosed or clotted off; a viral infection is the cause of this type of wart formation. Because of medical advancement and research, many types of viruses (such as Human Papillomavirus or HPV) have been discovered and are responsible for the manifestation of conditions that many of us are familiar with, such as those involved with the formation of cervical cancers and other more obscure types of wart-related cancers.
There are many varieties of warts, but luckily the more common ones are harmless benign tumors of the epidermis, which is the top layer of the skin. Warts are contagious, spreading by direct contact (skin to skin), and can even be transmitted through showers in public areas. Warts are seen more in young people versus older people. Because each person's auto immune system responds differently to HPV exposure, not everyone who is exposed to HPV will become infected or develop warts.
How it occurs
It occurs because the virus usually enters the body in an area of broken skin where it resides in the bottom layer of the epidermis and replicates into almost normal-looking skin lying in wait to appear at any time. Warts can occur in people of all ages, but occur most commonly in children and young adults. They can resolve spontaneously within weeks or months, but may take years, and can reoccur over months or years. However, persons who have immune-related diseases such as AIDS and lymphoma, or who are taking chemotherapy tend to have more warts that last longer.
Getting rid or warts
Getting rid of warts is no easy task, however, most uncomplicated warts can be treated with simple over-the-counter remedies like salicylic acid and Retinoid (chemicals related to vitamin A) preparations that would require daily application. These substances are designed to allow for gradual peeling of the warts' surface so that over time it eventually peels away and falls off. But keep in mind, once infected you remain infected with recurrent warts. Also, electrodessication in which the wart tissue is removed with the help of an electrically heated sharp needle passed under and over the wart, burns the mass removing it instantly. Treatments that are given aid in getting rid of the wart and any visible infectious state, but the virus will still be present and this is what causes the reoccurrence of the wart unless God performs a miracle.
For more complicated warts that may be cracking, bleeding, enlarging and painful, more advanced treatment may be needed. Such treatment like cryotherapy, which is another effective method but slightly more painful, freezes and kills the effected cells of the wart, but because the surrounding tissue is not destroyed it allows the area to heal without scarring. So typically a blister forms at the treated site which crusts over, and falls off. Other treatments inject antiviral medication into the mass with the same aim, to destroy the infected cells and allow for normal skin to occur. Surgery is hardly used these days and is no longer viewed as adequate therapy.
Warts and their treatment can be a tricky business, so if there is any doubt of what to do and how to treat them, its best to consult a dermatologist.
oDr. Rokeisha Clare-Kleinbussink studied at Cosmetology Cosmetic Training for Dermal Filler in London, UK and attended the Academy of Beauty Training for Laser and Microdermabrasion in Nottinghamshire, UK. She also attended the University of the West Indies School of Medicine and Cardiff University School of Medicine. She has a private practice at Roseona House of General and Cosmetic Dermatology and can be reached at www.roseonahouse.com or 422-2022.
With 1.15 billion monthly active users as of June 2013, Facebook is one of the juggernauts of social media sites. And with the amount of people freely offering all sorts of details about their personal lives, identity fraud can happen and has happened. This time, the fraud has hit the pastor of administration at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Pastor Trent Elliott Davis.
Davis, who uses his Facebook page for spreading the good news of Christ through evangelism by posting religious thoughts with a scripture and videos of himself playing hymns on either the piano or organ to uplift people, said an unscrupulous person decided to steal approximately 50 photos of his likeness from his page, and create a fake page with his photos using the name Dexter Robinson. The person then used the new page with Davis' identity to befriend women. When the women had accepted the "friend" request, Davis said the fraudster would then shake them down for money and harass them claiming he had to have major surgery and needed the money immediately.
"What the person did not realize was that they were picking a popular face that people here [in The Bahamas] would know was not Dexter Robinson," he said.
Davis said the fraud was brought to his attention on Sunday by a Bahamian "Robinson" had contacted, but was a person who knew his picture and that he was not "Dexter Robinson".
"The person inboxed me and told me I needed to be aware of somebody using my picture because they knew that the picture was of Trent Davis, but the name was saying Dexter Robinson. The lady said she actually spoke to the person and gave them a number to reach her," he said.
Davis said he immediately reported the fraud to Facebook and the account has been deleted.
"To see your picture with someone else's name underneath, it was very disarming," said Davis. "But people that know me would have realized that something was going on if they're contacted, and they know the way that I carry myself. I've never asked for money for anything. He just picked a face that he didn't realize would be so easily recognized and that people would care enough - and many people did."
As technology advances, new security issues emerge. Apart from choosing hard-to-crack passwords, there are things people can do to their Facebook account settings to make it harder for identity stealers.
They can review their privacy settings (Davis had left his open), and restrict their profile to friends only. The "who can contact" them feature and "who can look them up" settings can also be engaged to limit the number of people who can find them using their email address or phone number. In their security settings, they could also enable the secure browsing feature and enable the login notifications so that they can be told through email or text message whenever a new computer or mobile device is used to log into their Facebook account.
"I've certainly gone through the proper steps to ensure that there are certain limitations as to who and what can be seen from my page and what can be accessed," he said.
The Golden Gates World Outreach pastor said the incident would not deter him from continuing to use Facebook as a vehicle to get the message of Jesus Christ out to the public.
"It has been beneficial to letting people know what's going on in our church, and what's going on in my personal ministry, so it's been more good than bad," he said.
Davis said he knows "people will be people" and that he realizes that nothing in life is 100 percent secure.
"The only real security we have, we have to find in the word of God and in God himself," he said. But he added the experience allowed him to be aware of what's going on and that there are people who are watching out for their people and their reputation.
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Ensuring that services at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) are not interrupted as construction of the new Critical Care Block continues is proving to be a difficult task for the contractors, Cavalier Construction's Chief Executive Officer, Richard Wilson, said yesterday.
"It's been a tremendous challenge all the way through," Wilson told reporters during a tour of the site.
"There will be challenges all the way through to the end. But the biggest challenge that we've had is with all the services in the ground that keep the existing hospital running and we've come across some challenges there, but so far, so good.
"We've done well. Everything is going well now and we hope it continues to do that."
Construction on the unit is about 20 percent complete and on budget, according to officials. About $12 million has been spent on the project to date, Wilson said.
Following the tour, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham expressed pleasure with the work done so far.
"We have been over the years dreaming abut having a facility like this,"he said. "We are happy now that it's able to come to fruition."
The Critical Care Block is the first part of the $100 million PMH redevelopment project.
The unit will alleviate much of the problems that are currently experienced in the existing facility, according to officials.
The government secured a $55 million loan from the Royal Bank of Canada to help finance the project. Ingraham said the government will provide the additional funding to complete it.
"Health is going to consume a substantial portion of public expenditure over the next five years," he said.
"First of all this critical care block, and secondly, a new child and maternal care unit and a new emergency department, so we're talking about several hundred million dollars over the next five years for the health sector."
In the meantime, Ingraham said the government is hoping to strike a better balance in The Bahamas between public health and preventative healthcare.
"We have been too focused on the institution and not as focused on the things that cause you to come here, like obesity, like having a balanced meal, like exercising, like having clean drinking water, like washing your hands, like collecting garbage, a whole list of things," he said.
"So while we are doing this we will also be focused upon the preventative side of health."
As it relates to the expansion of the hospital, Public Hospitals Authority Managing Director Herbert Brown said the new unit will significantly improve operations at the hospital.
"Obviously the fact is that we have many surgeries that we are unable to accommodate in a timely manner," he said.
"And the fact that we are going to have six operating theatres is very significant. The fact that we are going to double the ICU capacity from 11 to 20 is significant. The fact that we are going to significantly enhance the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is significant.
"So we are very, very pleased and I am sure the Bahamian people will be pleased when this project is completed."
The 75,000-square-foot unit will be a multi-story expansion to the current Accident and Emergency Department of PMH. It will include six operating theaters, 18 recovery beds, 20 Intensive Care Unit rooms, and 48 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit beds, among other things.
The first phase of the redevelopment represents the single largest investment in healthcare infrastructure at PMH since it was built almost six decades ago, officials have pointed out.
When completed it is expect that PMH will be redeveloped into a 500-bed facility on grounds extending from Elizabeth Avenue to Collins Avenue.
The project is expected to be complete by mid-2013.
Sixty-year-old Abaco resident Samuel 'Will' Bethel lay on the operating table undergoing major surgery and it became quickly apparent that in order to get him through, surgeons were going to require immense amounts of blood.
After 30 years in Marsh Harbour, he and his wife Kimberley no longer had a large pool of friends and family members in the capital to call on to donate blood, and so his daughter Bianca and his brother-in-law hit the streets. Literally.
"They stopped in at every business place on the way up to ZNS to get it put on the radio, and down the other side of Collins Avenue to all the other offices, and to Radio House to get it put on the radio stations there, and then they literally stopped people in traffic to try and get them in to give blood for him. He was on the table at that point and all the blood they had was already in the operating room," said his wife Kimberley.
His daughter Bianca lives in the United States and said it was scary to realize that in The Bahamas, when blood supplies are low the only way to get more is to convince people to donate. Still, she was touched by the way people responded to her desperate efforts.
"Reaction varied, but most people were quite supportive. We had quite a few people stop their cars and come in. Others said they couldn't donate but promised to call people they know and get the word out. Businesses we stopped in at along Collins Avenue said they'd email everyone in their office and see if they could get people to come in," she recalled, "It was pretty amazing to see how supportive everyone was, not knowing us at all, but just that 'someone needs help, what can I do' kind of response was great."
The Doctors Hospital Blood Bank collected 20 units that day as a result of the extra effort, but despite the heartwarming good will of strangers, Will still required additional transfusions and so Doctors Hospital Blood Bank Supervisor Zonja Bain made a suggestion.
She told his wife that if they would drum up the hometown support, she would organize a team to fly into Abaco the next morning and hold a blood drive.
At 5 a.m. the following morning, four Doctors Hospital technicians, including Bain, were at the airport ready to fly themselves and all the equipment needed for a major blood drive at a private clinic in Marsh Harbour.
Word traveled fast and from the moment they landed until they had to pack up and fly back home, the Doctors Hospital team took blood non-stop.
Of the 50 people who were screened and tested, 36 people were able to donate blood to help save Will's life. Another 56 hopeful blood donors were turned away because the team simply ran out of time.
Bethel got teary-eyed as she talked about how much it meant to her family to have people come out in such large numbers to help.
"I just love them all. It was clear how they feel about him and us in the way they showed up to donate blood and it really just means so much," she said.
The extra effort on the part of the hospital did not go unnoticed either.
"It's great that these islands are like that. It's about the patient, the individual and not about the organization. Just the fact that they were willing to do that - send four people from the blood bank here down to another island for a whole day just to get blood for him - was amazing," said Bianca, herself a healthcare worker.
Bain said while some may see what her team did as going well beyond the call of duty, she sees it as just part of the job.
"Our main concern is for the patient and we do anything we can to help them. We'll do whatever it takes to help save a life. It gives you great joy to see that because of the extra effort, we were able to help save his life and not just that, we were able to put his family at ease by doing what we did as well."
Thanks to the large turnout in Abaco, the people who responded to Bianca's street-side pleading and the 12 people who were able to donate at a blood drive held at the law firm of Glinton, Sweeting, O'Brien on Friday, Will got all the blood he needed and the Doctors Hospital Blood Bank was able to provide a patient from Spanish Wells with all he required as well as a number of other patients who came in through the weekend.
Glinton, Sweeting, O'Brien responded to a corporate program Doctors Hospital Blood Bank has put together to encourage companies to host blood drives and encourage their staff and customers to donate.
Far too often families like the Bethels find themselves in the position of trying to convince anyone they know to donate blood.
Doctors Hospital Clinical Director Dr. Michael Darville said as a physician he is often frustrated because he has to delay medical intervention simply because there is not a sufficient supply of blood available.
"It's frustrating not only from the medical standpoint but also from the emotional standpoint knowing that something as simple as a transfusion plays such a huge decision in life and death decision making. This is all about altruistic behavior. Money doesn't make the difference here, it's all about the community coming together and doing their part," he said.
Having seen firsthand how critical it is for Bahamians to donate blood on a regular basis, if you can, by all means do it. Because you just never know when it might be you or someone in your family who needs it. Many of us can't give blood, but to those who can, I urge you to give blood regularly because it makes all the difference. If all those people hadn't come in to give for Will, we probably would be telling a very different story," said Bethel.
To inquire about becoming a blood donor or to learn more about the Doctors Hospital Corporate Blood Donor Program, contact Zonja Bain at 302-4750.